Arthur Abraham: "The Artist Formerly Known As 'Smurfs' Boxer"

18.09.06 - IBF middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham has been dealing with countless issues just days before his mandatory defense against Edison Miranda, the Columbian knockout artist at the Rittal arena in Wetzlar, Germany (10:20 PM, live in Germany at "das Erste" ARD). First of all, Abraham received his German passport at the district office in Berlin-Charlottenburg. However, the passport contained his Armenian name "Avetik Abraham," not his stage name "Arthur Abraham," a name that he uses for boxing..

After much wrangling, Abraham was allowed to use his stage name for his passport. However, he was no longer allowed to use the moniker "Smurf's boxer," a nickname that has made Abraham widely known in Germany, a country where the cartoon "The Smurfs" is still wildly popular. In addition, Abraham can no longer use the Smurf's hat or use the song as his walk in music before fights, as both are protected by copy rights by the "Studio Peyo S.A., which holds the rights and use for the Smurf's figure," Sauerland's managing director Chris Meyer has learned.

"For that reason, Arthur Abraham, will now be competing under the stage name "The artist formally known as 'Smurf's boxer,' following in the example of the singer 'Prince.' All of Abraham's photos with him wearing the Smurf hat, had to be deleted at the Sauerland's website "It's a great pity, Abraham said later. "Back then, when my Manager, Mr. Sauerland, had the idea about the Smurf's, I was sceptical, too. But, in the meantime, the Smurf's brought me so much luck, and the fans liked that, too."

Besides Abraham's powerful punching style, his walking in before fights wearing the Smurf's hat, while Father Abraham sang the Smurf's song, has been Abraham's trademark. Now things will be slightly different, as "Arthur has thought up something really special," Manager Wilfried Sauerland reveals. "He's a world champion; he's undefeated, and has the Middleweight's hardest punch worldwide. Plus, he's the king of his weight class; He's King Arthur!"

"King Arthur" is going to be making his first appearance with his new King's outfit when he fights challenger Edison Miranda on Saturday night in Germany. Certainly, Miranda will understand this message better than the funny Smurf's cap.

Article posted on 19.09.2006

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